Tuesday, July 22, 2008

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" Philippians 4:4

"Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

The theme for Julia's Sunday school class a few months ago was Joy. She came home with a handout that defined joy as "finding a way to be happy even when things don't go your way." She also was asked to pose the following question to her parents, "What would you talk about with Jesus if you walked down the road with him?" That question got me thinking... and I was inspired to write this.

I would tell Him how grateful I am that I am saved through His sacrifice on the cross. I would speak with him about all the things that bring me joy! I would rejoice with Him for all my blessings- My children, my husband, my family and friends. I would also rejoice over where He is leading me in my life. I would discuss the joys I feel in the promises He has made to me and how awesome it is to see promises revealed and fulfilled. I would share the joy I feel in knowing that no matter how bleak or depressing my circumstances might seem, the faith that lies within me through Christ and His light, grace and mercy strengthen me. I would tell Him how I will always keep focused on him because I can do anything through Him!

He defines who I am and not my situation or circumstances and I praise and worship Him for all He has done in my life. He does not care that I am a woman, what culture I am or what denomination I belong to. All that matters is that I have accepted Him as my savior and that I live my life for Him! That is the greatest joy to feel! So no matter what you are going through remember to stay focused on Jesus. No matter what we can achieve all that God has planned for us as long as we have faith in His promises and keep our eyes focused on Him. Not only does keeping focused on Him bring us joy but it also brings joy to the Lord!

So now I pose the question to you- What would you talk about with Jesus if you walked down the road with him?


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